Calvin Coolidge

(1872–1933)

Calvin Coolidge

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While Coolidge was governor of Massachusetts, two of the state senators had an argument, which ended in one telling the other that he could “go to hell.” The insulted politican went to see Coolidge to ask him to do something about it. Coolidge said calmly, “I have looked up the law, senator, and you don’t have to go.”

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Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House.

~Calvin Coolidge

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Biographical Note: 

John Calvin Coolidge was the 30th president of the United States (1923–29). A Republican, he led a conservative administration that promoted American business interests but failed to control the financial speculation that ended in the 1929 Wall Street crash. He was nicknamed “Silent Cal” for his extreme taciturnity, of which many stories, some no doubt apocryphal, are told. Alice Roosevelt Longworth once commented: “He looks as if he’d been weaned on a pickle.” Coolidge was not without a sense of humor on this point, remarking, “I think the American people want a solemn ass as a president. And I think I’ll go along with them.”